Creating Instances

Data point types alone cannot recordany process information - they are just a form of template for the data points that belong to the real devices. In order to create a device data point of the created data point typeGS_PUMP2, you can use the context menu in the tree view of the module PARA.

Figure 1. Create a data point "P2" of the Data point Type "GS_PUMP2" in PARA
  1. [rightMouseClick] --> Create data point opens a dialog for entering a name

  2. Enter "P2" for the first pump and confirm through OK.

When the tree below GS_PUMP2 is opened, you can see the complete data point P2 of type GS_PUMP2.

Figure 2. Data point P2 of Data point Type GS_PUMP2 in the Structure View of the Module PARA

The elements of the data point P2 should be considered as pure internal information units of the control system since noPeripheral addresseswereconfigured. However,values changesthat are detected and processed by all managers can already be done. The easiest way is to change the value of an internal data point element in theoriginal value dialog of the module PARA. This can be opened by a [leftMouseClick] on the element itself or on the "_original" sub element (config) in the tree view (see also figure on the pageData points as bearer of the information). After entering the new value into the"original value" field and clicking on the Apply button, the new value is visible in the "Online value" field and the time stamp is updated according to the time the value was applied.

There is nearly no limit to the number of data points that can be created on the basis of the GS_PUMP2 data point type. The names of the data points must be unique system-wide. In addition, names must only contain standard alphabetic characters (letters), the digits0-9 as well as the underline character "_". Every name of a data point has to start with either a letter or an underscore.

The data point elements are dynamic variables that represent the process or internal states of the control station. They are part of the memory area of the Event manager and are managed by it. Nevertheless, the data point elements can accessed by all managers.